In the Dark: Season Two

Over the course of two decades, prosecutor Doug Evans tried the same man six times for the same crime. But that man, Curtis Flowers, maintained his innocence throughout.

2019 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2018 / Madeleine Baran / Samara Freemark / Natalie Jablonski / Rehman Tungekar / Parker Yesko / Will Craft / Catherine Winter / APM Reports, USA

Over the course of two decades, prosecutor Doug Evans tried the same man six times for the same crime. But that man, Curtis Flowers, maintained his innocence throughout.

In the Dark is the story of a white prosecutor in a small Mississippi town who has tried a Black man six times for the same crime, a quadruple homicide. Curtis Flowers has maintained his innocence through 23 years of incarceration. In the Dark's team of reporters and producers spent more than a year investigating the case. Their reporting uncovered prosecutorial misconduct, false confessions, an alternate suspect, and a pattern of racial bias in the prosecutor's jury selection. In the Dark's findings were cited in briefs filed with the US Supreme Court as part of Flowers' appeal. In the summer of 2019, the Court overturned Flowers' conviction.

You can hear Episode 1: "July 16, 1996" here on the Third Coast website. Click here to listen to the rest of the series.

In The Dark: Season Two was produced by lead reporter and host Madeleine Baran, senior producer Samara Freemark, producers Natalie Jablonski and Rehman Tungekar, reporters Parker Yesko and Will Craft, and edited by Catherine Winter for APM Reports.


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Samara Freemark

Samara Freemark (@sfreemark) is the Co-Creator and Senior Producer of APM Reports’ investigative podcast In the Dark.

Will Craft

Will Craft (@craftworksxyz) is a data reporter for In The Dark and APM Reports. He uses documents and data to tell stories of government accountability.


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